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Thornton, Stephanie – Children Now, 2020
Too few children in California have access to mental health care services. For school-aged children, locating services at school is effective and efficient: school-based health systems meet students where they are, eliminate transportation barriers, and improve both health and education outcomes. Yet few schools in the state are fully equipped to…
Descriptors: Access to Health Care, School Health Services, Mental Health, Health Needs
Children Now, 2020
California has long been on the cutting edge of social and political change. This trendsetting continues today on issues from addressing climate change to supporting immigrant communities to ensuring equal rights for all. But, when reviewing the grades of this year's California Children's Report Card, it is difficult not to ask the question: why…
Descriptors: Well Being, Health Insurance, Child Health, Accountability
Children Now, 2020
The 2020 Pro-Kid Policy Agenda for California is the comprehensive roadmap at the state level to ensure that all children have the necessary supports to reach their full potential. California has an obligation to tear down the structural barriers to all kids, especially kids of color, from growing up healthy, safe, and ready for college, career,…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, State Policy, Equal Education, Child Health
Children Now, 2019
The 2019-20 Pro-Kid Policy Agenda for California is the comprehensive roadmap at the state level to ensure that all children have the necessary supports to reach their full potential. California has an obligation to end systemic injustices that create barriers to kids of color, as well as kids living in poverty and undocumented kids, from growing…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Equal Education, Poverty, Early Childhood Education
Blake, Stephen; Brown, Debra; Manwaring, Robert; Mercado, Efrain; Perry, Mary; Stewart, Vince; Tran, Samantha – Children Now, 2019
California has experienced a decline in adequate funding for the public education system that has created a jarring reality for its 6.2 million students. While recent investments have helped schools fully recover from the devastating cuts made during the great recession, that additional spending has not come close to what is needed to achieve the…
Descriptors: Financial Support, Public Education, Educational Finance, Teacher Student Ratio
Children Now, 2019
Children Now, in partnership with First 5 Santa Clara, has created a series of briefs spotlighting diverse investments that help boost positive outcomes for students, increase public school enrollment, reduce costly special education, and improve English Learner reclassification rates. Within this series, district leaders provide insight into how…
Descriptors: Public Education, Early Childhood Education, At Risk Students, Low Income Students
Children Now, 2019
California's schools are facing increasing complexity when it comes to educating their student populations: the next generation of children is more diverse, more likely to live in low-income families, and are majority dual language learners. Research shows that providing supportive, enriching environments for children to connect with caring adults…
Descriptors: Leadership Responsibility, Cooperative Planning, Partnerships in Education, Agency Cooperation
Children Now, 2018
Research shows relationships fuel early brain development and provide the foundation for lifelong health and success. Yet we also know that parenting a very young child places enormous physical and emotional demands on adults. Some families may not have what they need, or know where to turn for support if they want it, even when it is within reach…
Descriptors: Brain, Child Development, Young Children, Parenting Styles
Children Now, 2018
Lack of progress for improving the lives of kids is unacceptable. All children need stability and a path to opportunity. This is true for nearly half of California's children who live in low-income families, where caregivers struggle to afford the quality support and services they need for their kids. This is also true for the approximately…
Descriptors: Infants, Toddlers, Early Childhood Education, Kindergarten
Bell, Adrienne; French, Isabel; Lee, Stacy; Lempert, Ted; Rogers, Kendra; Rothermel, Angela; Silva, Amy – Children Now, 2017
Too often in California, children (especially children of color, foster youth, and those growing up in poverty) lack the components critical for a healthy early life. For example, as few as 3% of families that might benefit from voluntary home visiting have access to home visiting programs, 32% of children entering foster care are under the age of…
Descriptors: Children, At Risk Persons, Child Health, Poverty
Children Now, 2016
Home visiting programs are voluntary, family-centered programs that match new and expectant parents with trained professionals who provide ongoing, individualized support during critical points throughout pregnancy and a child's first year(s) of life. By reaching families early in their transition into parenthood, and linking them with needed…
Descriptors: Home Visits, Early Intervention, Family Programs, Family Needs
Children Now, 2016
According to the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) law, most school districts in California are responsible for using LCFF funds to improve outcomes for children in the foster care system. Each district has created a Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), the expenditure plan for LCFF. The LCAP is reviewed and revised annually by each…
Descriptors: Funding Formulas, School Districts, Early Childhood Education, Foster Care
Children Now, 2016
According to the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) law, most school districts in the state are responsible for using LCFF funds to improve outcomes for low-income students. Each district has created a Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), the funding plan for LCFF. The LCAP is reviewed and revised annually by each district. Early…
Descriptors: Funding Formulas, School Districts, Accountability, Low Income Students
Children Now, 2016
According to the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) law, most school districts in the state are responsible for using LCFF funds to improve outcomes for English language learners, also known as dual language learners. Each district has created a Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), the funding plan for LCFF. The LCAP is reviewed and…
Descriptors: Funding Formulas, School Districts, Early Childhood Education, Bilingual Students
Bonetti, Sara; Mindnich, Jessica; Silva, Amy – Children Now, 2016
California is home to more than 9 million children. With 12 percent of the nation's children, the well-being of California kids has a big impact on the well-being of children nationally. Unfortunately, California recently ranked 38th out of 50 states in children's well-being. Research has shown a strong connection between children's socioeconomic…
Descriptors: Well Being, Child Care, Child Welfare, Quality Assurance
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